Skelian Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Cheltenham
Skelian Chiropractic, Physiotherapy & Massage Therapy Cheltenham
290 Google reviews
Steve MaxTheMaths
Steve MaxTheMaths
Huge thanks to Jamie and the team for getting me back on my feet! Fabulous service. Highly recommended.
Nickie Apperly
Nickie Apperly
Great service, Tom is very reassuring and encouraging. His confident yet, caring approach made me feel at ease and my recovery has definately benefitted from this.
Fred Warren
Fred Warren
Several months ago I was stricken with severe sciatica, strong pain killers were prescribed by my GP but they had unacceptable side effects. I contacted Skelian and Jamie quickly sorted out my problem, without further medication. During the course of my treatment, I found that Jamie's manipulations of my neck gave a certain amount of relief to the vertigo and muzziness “brain fog”, which I had been suffering from, for the past five years. I am thankful to Skelian and Jamie in particular for his caring approach to my ailments, he has an excellent bedside manner and he has given me beneficial advice to help with my long standing dizziness problems.
Kam Mistry
Kam Mistry
Very happy. Jamie was great - friendly and professional. I certainly felt that I was in good hands and could already feel the benefits after my first visit. After three sessions the pain has gone.
Monica Wragg
Monica Wragg
I highly recommend the Skelian Clinic. The lovely Aaron has cured my lower back pain in a matter of a few weeks so that I can now resume and enjoy my walks. Everyone at the clinic is very professional, kind and friendly. Thank you.
Zara Winters
Zara Winters
I walked in to the Skelian clinic at my wit's end - my neck and shoulders hurt from decades of poor posture due to computer work, my left forearm was tight and painful and I had been suffering with agonizing tennis elbow in my right arm which was waking me up every night. It felt like my entire upper body had seized up. From the moment I entered the clinic I felt a good vibe - Angela, the receptionist, made me feel relaxed and welcome and was just lovely to be around, she takes a genuine interest in every client and radiates warmth - and has a lovely singing voice to boot! Victoria, who I cannot thank enough, has worked miracles. After four treatments, using a combination of dry needle therapy, targeted deep tissue massage and spinal manipulation I feel like a different person. The pain has almost completely gone and I have a workable action plan on how to look after my joints. Victoria is empathic, exceptionally knowledgeable, witty and a great listener. She explains what she is doing in straightforward language and puts you at ease immediately. I can honestly say that I am blown away by the results, it is life changing to have that debilitating pain taken away. I wish I'd gone sooner. If you are suffering with neck, back or joint problems please just book an appointment online, you owe it to yourself.
Brian Evans
Brian Evans
I was not expecting the relief that I experienced, From the moment treatment started I was made relaxed, after my first treatment I could not believe the difference, All the staff were very professional, the treatment was exceptional, Actually looking foreward to my next appointment
I've been coming to Dani for regular Sports Massage appointments for nearly a year now, recently transitioning on to the Hot Stones massage. As someone who likes to regularly weight train these sessions have been invaluable to my recovery and have ensured that any aches, pains and knots are kept to their absolute minimum. I've recently moved over to the Hot Stones massage and highly recommend it, it's a great mixture of traditional sports massage techniques combined with the hot stones - this will be my go to massage moving forward. Dani is extremely welcoming, friendly and a pleasure to be around - I can't rate her highly enough!
Nicky Harris
Nicky Harris
Friendly, professional service. Tom has been fantastic at sorting out my neck and back issues, providing explanation before, during and after treatment as well as providing after care exercises I can do at home. I have been delighted with my treatment so far. Thank you!
craig pockett
craig pockett
Would highly recommend Skelian chiropractic & physiotherapy 👍🏼 sorted my aches & pains out for me😊
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Cervicogenic headaches 

Headaches that come from issues with your neck. At Skelian in Cheltenham we see this frequently at our clinic. On this page we look at symptoms, causes and treatment options. 

What are Cervicogenic headaches?

Cervicogenic headaches are a type of headache that originates from the cervical spine or neck region. Unlike migraines or tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches can go underdiagnosed and generally misunderstood.

Causes of Cervicogenic Headaches 

Cervicogenic headaches can arise from various causes, primarily related to dysfunction or damage in the cervical spine or its surrounding structures. 

Some common causes include:

  • Neck injuries: Traumatic events like whiplash or sports injuries can lead to cervicogenic headaches. These injuries may cause structural damage, muscle strain, or nerve irritation.
  • Poor posture: Prolonged periods of poor posture, such as slouching or sitting at a desk for long hours, can strain the muscles and joints in the neck, contributing to cervicogenic headaches.
  • Arthritis: Conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can affect the cervical spine, leading to cervicogenic headaches. Inflammation and degeneration of the joints can cause pain and headaches.
  • Cervical disc disorders: Herniated discs or bulging discs in the cervical spine can impinge on nerves, resulting in cervicogenic headaches.

Symptoms of Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic headaches typically manifest as unilateral headaches, meaning they occur on one side of the head. However, it’s important to note that bilateral symptoms can also occur. 

Common symptoms:

  • Neck pain: Pain originating from the neck and spreading to the back of the head, forehead, or behind the eyes is a key symptom of cervicogenic headaches.
  • Restricted neck movement: Patients with cervicogenic headaches often experience a limited range of motion in their necks, accompanied by stiffness and discomfort.
  • Shoulder and arm pain: The pain associated with cervicogenic headaches may radiate to the shoulder and arms, following the path of the affected nerves.
  • Headaches triggered by neck movements: Cervicogenic headaches are often aggravated by certain neck movements or sustained positions, such as turning the head or maintaining a static posture for extended periods.

Treatment for Cervicogenic Headaches 

The management of cervicogenic headaches involves a multimodal approach targeting the underlying cause and providing symptomatic relief. 

Treatment approaches include:

  • Physical therapy: Specific exercises and stretches aimed at improving posture, strengthening neck muscles, and enhancing flexibility can be prescribed by a physical therapist. These exercises help alleviate pain and prevent future episodes.
  • Manual therapy: Techniques like spinal manipulation, mobilisation, and soft tissue therapy administered by chiropractors or physical therapists can provide pain relief and restore proper alignment and movement of the cervical spine.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants, and analgesics may be prescribed to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation in the cervical region.
  • Nerve blocks: In some cases, nerve blocks or corticosteroid injections may be recommended to target specific nerves or reduce inflammation around the cervical spine, providing temporary relief from pain.
  • Stress management: Since stress and tension can exacerbate cervicogenic headaches, stress management techniques like relaxation exercises, meditation, and biofeedback can be helpful in managing the condition.

At Skelian our chiropractors can help diagnose, treat and manage your cervicogenic headaches. This is typically done alongside health and lifestyle tips including exercise advice to help reduce the stresses on the neck. 

If you would like to know more about how we might be able to help you with cervicogenic headaches please contact the clinic on 01242 254000 to speak to one of our trusted expert practitioners. 

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Our team

Alex Broomsgrove, Chiropractor Cheltenham Skelian

Alex Broomsgrove



“I always strive to get to the root of the issue and then work with my patients to find a solution to the problem”

Victoria West



“ Every patient’s health requirements are unique to them; my aim is to provide patients with care that is centred around their needs.”

Jonathan Wride

Specialist Physiotherapist

HCPC MCSP AACP PgC Injection Therapy, MSK Sonographer and Independent Prescriber:

“I’m passionate about giving patients instant access to high-level diagnostics and specialist treatments, helping to reduce the waiting times of patients and hopefully speeding up their recovery.”


Chiropractic Initial Consultation – £75 Book »
Chiropractic Follow up treatment – £48
Physiotherapy consultation – £65
Sports Therapy Consultation – £60
Follow up Sports therapy appointment – £35
Massage (1 hour) – £60


Opening Times

Monday8.30 – 7.00
Tuesday8.30 – 7.00
Wednesday8.30 – 7.00
Thursday8.30 – 7.00
Friday8.30 – 7.00
Saturday9:00 – 1:00

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Why Choose Skelian?

  • Exceptionally high standards of care
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  • Quality treatment
  • Quality practitioners
  • Great communication of your treatment
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